DUBROVNIK, Croatia – After watching the latest season of The Game of Thrones, and finding out there won’t be a new one for about 18 months, we at The Binge went into some serious withdrawal. What better way than to spend a couple of days in ‘King’s Landing‘?
The Game of Thrones Connection
With a little help from CGI, the fortified medieval city of Dubrovnik gets transformed every year into King’s Landing.
The Stradun or Placa (Main Street) is a beautiful, white stone street lined with shops and restaurants. From this street, you can access the city walls and walk atop them, giving you a spectacular view of the city.
Forts Bokar and Lovrijenač are stunning, both in day time and at night. While Fort Loverijenač is known to fans of the show as The Red Keep, Fort Bokar and its surrounding waters make up what’s known as Blackwater Bay.
The nearby Minčeta Tower is the tallest fort in the city, and is also known as the House of the Undying.
Remeber the Purple Wedding? It was filmed in Gradač Park. It’s a little bare, but since it’s pretty high up in one of the hills, it gives a stunning view of Fort Lovrijenač.
The tiny alleys do give you a feeling of being in King’s Landing, and once the crowds come rushing in by 10am, it starts to feel like Flea Bottom. Just take a look at the stairs made famous by Cersei Lannister‘s Walk of Shame.It’s a lot smaller than it looked on television, of course – all filming locations here tend to be. Remember, there’s some angling and CGI at work. Nevertheless, it still felt like King’s Landing, and it’s important to us who’ll have to wait till 2019 to see the next season!
What Else is There to See and Do?
Well, aren’t we glad you asked. Dubrovnik is famous for being the Pearl of the Adriatic. The fortified city is rich in history and has its own share of museums and significant spots.
Big Onofrio‘s fountain, for example, is a mammoth of a drinking fountain. Built in the 1400s, it’s part of an old, complex aqueduct that brought water to different parts of the city.
To see some artefacts from the city, as well as art dating back to the 14th century, visit the Rector’s Palace and the Franciscan Monastery. The Monastery even has a beautiful courtyard where one can rest.
Dubrovnik is known for it’s clear, blue waters. Pay EUR10 (USD11.92) to get on a boat and sail to the nearby island of Lokrum. It’s a nude beach, by the way.
Lokrum is also home to what the locals call a Blue Cave. Once you’re inside, and when the angle of the sun is just right, the water reflects its blue hue onto the ceiling.
The main island is also not bad for taking a dip, and even cliff-diving. Since the waters in Dubrovnik are calm during summer, why not take a paddle board or a kayak and have your own little tour?
Shopping in the city is truly a fun activity with Croatians being known for their creativity. Items don’t come with a hefty price tag, either.
While they do have the usual ‘I Love Dubrovnik’ shirts, the city stands out for their local designs. Fashionable bags, accessories, and dresses can be bought and given to a relative back home. These are gifts they would really be thankful for.
We recommend popping by the oldest pharmacy in Dubrovnik (located inside the Monastery) as well to purchase some of the face creams that have recipes dating back to the 14th century.
And of course, there’s Game of Thrones merchandise. Just in case you’re missing some items in your collection. Will this trip be enough to tide us all the way till the final season comes out? We can only hope. – The Binge